MeOW-llo Welcome to our furst Service Cats and Everything Feline Friday of 2019. As promised, we’ll be pickin’ up where we left off, talking about pet feeds/food and propurr nutrition for the little Obligate Carnivore in your house. Ifin you missed any of the posts in this mini series, you can check them out here and here. You can see all the posts in our Service Cats series by checking out the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. Ifin you have any questions or topics you’d like to see posted, purrlease ask in the comments section below or send us a message via the contact form on our Contact page.
The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.
We would like to remind everyone to consult your VET or Pet Nutritionist when making food choices for any kitty whose health is compromised. That being said, remember, their opinions can be biased based on kickbacks and/or other benefits provided by Big Pet Food companies. The truth is that most “Prescription Diets” are formulated based on one study performed by one company on Canine Nutrition and not actually the needs of Felines. As for the AAFCO whose job is to regulate and enforce pet food regulations, they are not looking out for your pet’s best interest. So it’s up to each pet owner to educate themselves and decide what is best for your little furries.
Minimum/Maximum Meat Proteins in Pet Feed/Food:
We did discuss Proteins in part 1, but we received an email asking about the amount of meat proteins pet foods contain. Since a lot of pet food companies now list meat, meat meals, etc. in the first 3 ingredients on the packaging a lot of pet owners are led to believe a particular food contains mostly whatever protein is listed. However, ingredients are required to be listed in order by weight. Obviously, meat weighs far more than rice, corm or most other ingredients. Most meats contain a lot of water (almost 75%) which makes them heavier.
So, what do the pet feed regulations say? Any feed that contains the word “with” in it’s name, such as with chicken or with beef, is required to contain only 3% to 9% (chicken/beef) of said meat to the total weight of feed. No more and no less, no exception. So the photo on the package of a pile of chicken breasts or steaks is misleading. The total amount of chicken in a 12 pound bag of kibble could be no more than 6 to 18 ounces. And trust us, it’s definitely not the choice cuts of that meat. For pet feeds that contain the words “Recipe”, “Formula” or “Dinner”, they must contain a minimum amount of 10% and may include a maximum amount of 70%. These numbers are based on raw weight. Once cooked, not only does the meat lose all of it’s nutrients, it also shrinks. Thus the need for all those added ingredients.
So, if you buy a 12 pound bag of kibble, kitty/woofy is only getting a maximum of 1 pound of meat protein and often less for the duration of the bag (1 pound of meat a month). If you feed wet food, the maximum amount of meat for a 3 oz can would be 1/4 ounce but could be as low as 0.08 ounces. And we wonder why our little carnivores are plagued by health issues. The truth is that commercially prepared pet feed kibble and canned contains many inedible ingredients such as sawdust, styrofoam, plastics, animal feces, and more. It really isn’t balanced or healthy for kitties or woofies.
Due to the loss of nutrients during manufacturing, these companies are required to put them back in through supplements. Listed below are some of those supplements and what they’re for. Proteinates are more expensive than sulfates and easier for the animal’s body to break down and use. However, one might see an ingredient listed in both forms. It’s a way for the company to produce the feed cheaper, not what’s best for your pet.
Zinc Proteinate (trace minerals): Protects against cell damage and stimulates the immune system. However, it indicates a lack of well rounded supplementation.
Mixed Tocopherols: A source of Vitamin E
Iron proteinate: Needed for red blood cell production It’s cheaper form is iron sulfate or ferrous sulfate. The best choice is: Iron Amino Acid Chelate
Manganese proteinate: Needed to develop strong bones, and enzyme activators. Enhances the immune system May see cheaper form Manganese sulfate
Mangonous proteinate: Nourishes nerve and brain function. May see cheaper form Mangonous sulfate
Flax Seed: Best source of omega – 3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber
Fish oil: Source of fatty acids
Alpha-lipoic Acid: Added for healthy skin and coat
Copper Amino Acid Chelate: Best form of copper, needed for iron absorption and blood clotting. May see in cheaper forms, copper proteinate or sulfate. The latter may be dangerous.
Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate: Needed for B12 synthesis. May see cheaper forms listed as proteinate or sulfate.
Citric Acid: Source of Vitamin C and may be harsh on the digestive tract
Chicken Fat: Source of energy for cats, dogs do better with oils
Beta Carotene: Source of Vitamin A
Potassium Amino Acid Complex/Potassium Citrate: Source of potassium, Not to be confused with Potassium Sorbate which is a preservative and mold inhibitor.
Gelatin: No nutritious value. Only used as a binder for ingredients
Potassium Chloride: Source of potassium
Pantothenate: Vitamin B-complex
DL-Methionine: Found naturally in meats before processing. Needed for skin, nails, and immune system
Maganese Oxide: Aids in fat and sugar metabolism
All “Gums”: No nutrition, used as fillers and binders
Lactobacillus Acidophilos (including all other pre and pro biotics): Generally not enough added to be beneficial
A & D3 Supplements: Needed for immune function, eye sight, and calcium absorption
Niacin: Aids in digestion
Inositol: Non vit. B complex metabolizes blood fats
Mineral Supplements: aka: Zinc Sulfate, sub par source of minerals
Thiamine Mononitrate/Thiamine: Source of B-1
Taurine: found naturally in muscle meats, Required for nervous system function, thyroid, cardiovascular, and eye sight health
Calcium Pantothenate: Source of B-complex and Vit. B-5 Supports adrenal activity
Glucosamine Hydrochloride: Not enough to be effective. Cooking may also alter it’s efficacy
Calcium Iodate: Promotes Strong Bones, teeth, skeletal strength and cardiovascular health
Tricalcium Phosphate: Anti caking agent, also supplies phosphate for the body
Biotin: Promotes healthy skin and coat
Riboflavin: Source of Vitamin B-2
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride: Source of Vitamin B-6
Vitamin K: Found mostly in foods made up predominantly of fish. Can be very dangerous causing blood clotting issues in cats
Well, there’s a list of the most commonly used supplements. Most of which can be found naturally in meat proteins, the foods us kitties were meant to eat naturally. We’re gonna wrap it up fur today, as this is a lot of infurmation to digest. “Member, you can see any of the posts in our Service Cat series or this mini series on our Training tips and Everything Feline page from our menu above. And we’d luv to hear from you. What questions do you have about your kitty or kitties in general? What topics would you like to see us cover? Just let us know in the comments below or by sendin’ us a purrivate message via our Contact page, also in the menu above.
We’re also linkin’ up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday sissy. You didn’t think I’s was gonna let you have the posty all to yourself, did you?
One can dream Raena, one can dream.
Till the next time…………………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Hey Raena, we need to hurry and eat our brekky, we’ve got lots to do today. (Dezi hears a noise in the distance and runs over to mommy’s chair to get a little reassurance. Raena runs to the perch and looks out the door and sees the lawn crew blowing leaves all over the place.) Hisssss What are they doin’ here?!! Can’t they see everything’s dead?
I’s reckon that’s purrobably why they’re here sissy. We need somepawdy to blow all those leaves off our porch. Mommy had to wade thru a huge pile last night so she could check our mail. They better get our leaves befur they pack up and go. (Raena sees the lawn crew packing up without blowing the leaves off the porch.)
That doesn’t make me like ‘em tho’ Raena. Anyways, tonight’s the night we head to the North Pole with the Cat Scouts to visit Santa. Let’s get our letters ready, okay?
Okay sissy. I’s really glad you decided to let me come with ya’ll. This is gonna be so much fun. Why don’t we combine our letters. You can start while I’s go link us up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday.
Sounds good Raena.
It’s me, Deztinee. Hope your year’s been a good one. Me’s been a good girl…mostly. Me’s spent a lot of time reflectin’ on how Blest me is to have a luvvin’ furever mommy and home. Me even thinks Raena’s a blessing. Me so worries fur the kitties that don’t have the security me does. To know what it feels like to be so luvved that you can do no wrong. To never have to go to bed hungry or scared. To never have to worry ‘bout the weather or ifin somepawdy’s gonna hurt me. Me never has to wonder ‘bout what tomorrow may bring, me just knows that mommy will take care of me.
It seems no matter how much infurmation’s available or what peeps are told, they still think kitties can survive on their own outside. Me knows that a lot of those kitties will never fully trust humans again. But, fur those who can, could you purrlease find ‘em a furever home of their own? And fur the rest, maybe you could spare some supplies fur their caretakers. Me knows it sometimes seems like a fankless job, but fur sure those kitties they care fur are grateful, as are we.
And fur all those anipals waitin’ in shelters, could you send them furever mommies and daddies? Livin’ in a cage is no kind’a life, just ask Raena. We know there are some pawsum shelters out there, but there’s nuffin’ in the universe like havin’ your own luvvin’ family. And fur those shelters and rescue groups, could you purrlease give them lots of supplies and volunteers so they can help more anipals in the future.
Hey ya’ Santa, I’s RaenaBelle am here too. Mommy says I’s purrfect…most of the time. I’s won’t repeat what sissy meowed, but I’s would like all that too. And I’s know I’s meow fur both of us when I’s ask that you give our furiends everything they want. They’ve been such amazin’ furiends to us, they all deserve the world. We get so happy when we see our furiends happy.
I’s know things are a bit crazy ‘round here fur us, but sissy and me are so Blest to have our luvvin mommy that we don’t really need anythin’. I’s mean, sure there are things we’d like to have, but mommy makes sure we have purrlenty of food and cuddles that it would really be selfish to ask fur more.
Hey, ifin they make a don’t worry pill, maybe you could leave a couple fur mommy tho’. Ifin not, that’s okay, sissy and me have plans to give her lots of extra luvvin’ fur Christmas. And maybe you could leave a little somethin’ fur sissy. She really is a good sissyfur and I’s luvs her so much. She luvs scratchers and silvervine and nip toys. I’s mean, we’ll unnerstand ifin ya’ skip us tho’, we totally get the havin’ to pay fur the goodies you drop off.
Well Santa, Raena and me are gonna wrap it up fur this year. As she meowed, we have everythin’ a kitty could ever dream of. Well, our fountain did break a while back and we sure do miss it; ‘specially Raena. That girl does luv to play in the water. We saw a really cool one that would be purrfect fur both our needs. Maybe you could put in a word fur us fur next year. Ifin we got an allowance we’d save up and pay ya’ ourselves, but mommy said she’d work on it fur us. So, we’re all good. Take care of yourself, have a Blest Christmas.
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Okay Raena, let’s put our letter in our back pack so we can give it to the big guy in purrson.
Okay sissy, fanky fank you fur lettin’ me tag along. Do you think we should take a gift fur Santa? Maybe we could share one of our nip nanners.
Great idea Raena. Let’s find one that hasn’t been luvved quite as much as the other. Me would like to meow somethin’ fur the kiddies out there right quick. Ifin ya’ don’t get everythin’ on your list, don’t get mad. Your pawrents have to pay real money fur the things Santa brings to you, and as much as they may want to give you everythin’, it’s not always pawssible. Christmas is in your heart. It’s your family and furiends. It’s the luv you feel.
You’re so right sissy. And, luvs is the greatest gift of all. I’s know we wish we could send each and every one of our furiends a gift to put unner their Christmas tree, it’s just not pawssible. So, to all of you, from mommy A, sis Dezi and me, we send you luvs and purrayers to keep in your heart.
And we wish you a Merry and Blest Christmas!!!
Till the next time…………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle with Mommy A
Animal Pain And Suffering Often Go Unnoticed
MeOW Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Each week we tackle questions and topics you’ve suggested. If you’ve missed any posts in this series or want to re-read one or more, you can always find them on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. If you have questions or topic suggestions, purrlease leave them in the comments below or send us an email via our Contact page. Last week we started a mini-series on Pet Food Ingredients and what you need to know about the food you’re buying and feeding your pets. You can read it here. It’s unfortunate that this has to be such a confusing topic and that money and not the health of animals are what drive the pet food industry. That being said, mommy’s had a very heavy heart this week and is hijackin’ today’s post fur another very ‘purrtant subject. Me will be back next week with Pt. 2 of our Pet Food Ingredients mini-series.
Please understand, this is not a pity me post. The point of this post is to hopefully help you understand how amazing and miraculous our furry family members are.
Hello everyone, mommy A here. As most of you know by now, Raena’s annual medical appointment didn’t turn out quite like we had planned. Altho’ I am certainly happy that we finally have an answer as to why her eyes have been bothering her for her entire life; I’m furious it took so long. After all, I’ve taken her in several times a year every year trying to find out why they were so irritated and trying to find a way to help her. Yes, I know it’s not my fault and I’ve done the best I could with the information I had. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t blame myself to some extent. That’s on me, but most of you loving pet parents totally understand where I’m coming from.
Raena’s diagnosis is that she has a mild case of Entropion, which can be successfully treated with surgery. That means her lower lids fold inward causing the small hairs to scratch her eyes constantly. This is a very painful condition. I ought to know. I had an eyelash embed in my eyelid once and had to have surgery to remove it. Before it was diagnosed however, the pain was almost unbearable. You can’t stop blinking, which causes the cornea/eyeball to be scratched over and over again and the eyes to water. Wiping the discharge hurts even more, because the hairs are pushed into the cornea even more. I had only 1 eyelash scratching mine and it was found within 2 weeks of it embedding in the lid. But those 2 weeks were miserable. It affected my mood, and everything I did. I could barely see out of the affected eye, and everything hurt, sunshine, lights, sleeping, blinking, etc..
Another issue Raena has is a mild case of gingivitis and plaque build up. We won’t know until she has a dental if there are other issues going on such as, tooth resorption or some other periodontal disease. Having been through my own dental issues recently, I know what that kind of pain can be like and how it can affect everything in your life. Both of these conditions are fairly common in both cats and dogs, and can and should be treated.
Basically, Raena has been in enormous pain her entire life. Why is that so remarkable you ask? Well, I love my girls more than anything in this world, and over the last few days I thought about how much they love me. And then I thought about all the furry family members out there, including the ones who are being abused by their not so loving families. Whether you believe our animals love us because we’re their source for food or because they choose too is irrelevant because the truth is, even when they’re in enormous pain and discomfort, they will still love us and try to please us.
Over the last 2 1/2 years of Raena’s life, she has endured Service Cat Training while living in constant pain. Never once did she get angry or refuse to train. As always, she’s willing to please and puts forth every effort to complete whatever task she’s given. Even on days when her eyes were so gunky she could barely open them, she was always right beside me doing whatever she could to make my life easier. She’s always there for a snuggle and purr. There have been many days when she couldn’t open one of her eyes at all, and still, she was ever present to alert or massage or whatever might be needed.
It makes me so angry to think about, but an abused animal will show love and devotion to their abuser, the person who hurts them. With halloween approaching my thoughts race to those animals who through no fault of their own may be tortured or killed just because. My thoughts go to those animals who have been rescued from perilous situations and regardless of their physical pain still have the capacity to love and try to please us humans.
Animals are so good at hiding their pain, we humans often take their medical conditions for granted. I’ll be honest and tell you that I feel horrible and disgusting for making Raena continue to suffer so that we can try to raise the money needed for her surgery; because when it happened to me, I wanted it fixed ASAP. I guess the point I’m trying to make today, is to stop thinking of these “common” ailments as trivial. The animal is in an enormous amount of pain. If it were you suffering, you wouldn’t want to wait and see, or put off procedures for weeks, months or years. If you suspect an animal is being abused, don’t keep quiet, please be their voice. And, keep your pets inside during the halloween holidays. You can read our halloween safety tips here. Remember, animals hide their pain, so if you’re given pain meds for them, give them as prescribed, don’t rely on your animals to tell you they need them. Didn’t they suffer enough before the procedure?
Part of the reason Raena has these problems are genetic. Backyard breeders care more about the money than they do the animal’s health. But even respectable breeders can sometimes be at fault. Attempts to breed more desirable traits or appearances often come with a cost to the animal’s overall health. Yes, we need help paying for Raena’s surgery and dental. As promised, below you’ll find the vet’s estimate.
Because Raena has a semi “smashed” face, blood work really isn’t optional, so we need the whole $261.58. This total doesn’t include any possible extractions, and we certainly hope and pray that she doesn’t require any. We also ask that you keep her in your prayers. Anytime anesthesia is used, there are risks. Certainly, those risks increase for animals with the shorter noses (smashed faces). Her appointment is November 15th. However, if we get the money before then, we’ll schedule her in sooner. I don’t want her to suffer any longer than she has too. You can help by donating to our paypal at: email@example.com. If you’d prefer, you can donate directly to our account by calling Carter County Animal Hospital at: 580-226-1001. The account is under Audra High. Please, hug your fur babies a little longer and tell them how much you love and appreciate them. And if you suspect they may be ill or having problems, see the vet immediately. Just because they don’t act like they’re in pain, doesn’t mean they aren’t. Don’t let them suffer.
Fank you mommy. Pain and Suffering come in many forms, and just cuz ya’ don’t see it doesn’t mean it ain’t there. We’re blest to have a mommy who cares and tries to do whatever she can to help us and make sure we stay healthy. We really ‘purreciate all of you and fank you fur your help. Me also wants to remind you that you can ketch up on any post in our Service Cats series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. Don’t furget to ask your questions and post topic suggestions by leaving a comment below or sending us an email via our Contact page. Fanks fur your patience and allowing us to deviate today. This is a topic that deserved attention. Me will be back next week with more food ingredients you need to know ‘bout.
And don’t furget, Raena’s throwin’ me a Venetian/Rio Carnival Themed Birthday/Gotchaday pawrty on Wednesday November 14, 2018. Put on your masks and send your fotos to our email to be included in the festivities. We’re gonna have a contest fur bestest mask/costume. We’re also joinin’ Comdey plus fur Feline Furiday today.
Do you know what signs to look for when your pet is in pain?
Till the next time………………………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Mommy A: Black
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses